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SEND Curriculum

‘Inspiring Minds, Building Futures’


In Support for Learning, our curriculum is designed to:


Inspire minds by…

  • Empowering every teacher as a teacher of SEND. Inclusion and equity is a thread that runs through every area of the school enhanced by collaboration between senior leaders, teachers, support staff, external agencies, parents and most importantly, the child.
  • Staff collaborating and striving to ensure that all children receive a high-quality and ambitious education regardless of need or disability.
  • Placing the pupils at the centre of every decision.
  • Enabling pupils’ voice to be captured and shared with the wider school community.
  • Giving pupils rich personal development experiences that are accessible and personalised
  • Celebrating success, using immediate feedback and praise to develop pupils’ resilience and thirst for knowledge. 

Build futures by…

  • Improving SEND pupils’ life skills and preparing SEND pupils for adulthood.
  • Providing bespoke career advice and support to SEND pupils. 
  • Ensuring that our pupils are equipped with the tools needed to become independent, resilient and inquisitive learners in and out of the classroom.
  • SEND pupils are treated with respect and their contributions are valued and acknowledged allowing them to become confident and ambitious.
  • Supporting SEND pupils to make good progress from their starting points across all subjects.
  • Staff deliberately and strategically developing pupils’ speaking, listening and social skills.

At Chiltern Academy we adopt a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs and interests of all pupils and promotes high levels of progress, attainment, increased cultural capital and enhanced personal development leading to successful progression to the next stages of learning.

Meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs are the responsibility of all teachers and teaching staff and their needs are usually met through an adapted curriculum. The SENCO will support staff to meet these needs. We operate a graduated response to supporting all pupils including those with additional learning needs, the initial response being through Quality First Teaching. Further detail is included in our SEND Policy.

We implement a personalised curriculum to bridge the gaps in knowledge and skills and tailor it to the individual needs of our learners.


Key features of our SEND curriculum include targeted support sessions to meet pupils’ individual needs. Some of the targeted support sessions we run are;

  • Phonics 
  • Language development
  • Handwriting sessions
  • One to one reading sessions
  • Touch typing skills
  • Lego therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Mindfulness colouring
  • Numeracy sessions
  • Emotional support
  • Speech & language support
  • Life skills sessions


Alongside the rigorous support sessions, the following ae also implemented to enrich the SEND provision at Chiltern Academy;

  • Tailored Schemes of work for English and Maths 
  • Bespoke curricula for targeted groups
  • Scaffolding and deliberate development of fundamental skills
  • An emphasis on life skills and support with transition between phases and preparation for adulthood
  • Phonics curriculum (Luton Literacy Improvement Programme). 
  • Enrichment activities and visits

We are proud of the support that we provide to our learners and are committed to facilitating rapid progress in learning whatever the starting point.